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Pickles writes to council leaders following CSR

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has written to council leaders setting out the implications of today's Comprehensive Spending Review.
The main points include a 7.25% average annual reduction in government funding (a fall of 26% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2014-15 – excluding schools, fire and police).
Read the letter in full here.

Medway Renaissance axed as part of cutbacks

Council chiefs yesterday axed the Medway Renaissance team as part of on-going cost-cutting measures. (Sourced from here.)
The regeneration unit's fate was sealed at Medway Council's cabinet this afternoon.

A Kent and Medway partnership is a local solution to enterprise issues

Imagine that you are at the bar of a pub and the person perched on the stool next to you starts talking about sub national economic development re-organisations. (Sourced from here.)
To put it bluntly, it's unlikely anyone would blame you if you made your excuses and left. After all, it's not exactly an attention-grabbing topic.
Now if that person had wanted to talk about the future of Kent and Medway in simple terms that would have been a different matter. That is why I'm going to tell you why this is such an important subject that will affect every person in Kent and Medway.

Pickles disputes Cable claim over quality of LEP bids

Communities secretary Eric Pickles yesterday flatly contradicted claims from business secretary Vince Cable that only a quarter of local enterprise partnership proposals are 'up to scratch'. (Sourced from Regeneration and Renewal.)
Cable made his comments at a Liberal Democrat conference fringe meeting last month, saying that only 15 of the 57 LEP bids received by government were up to scratch, and that the rest would need "a lot of work" to bring them up to standard.
But Pickles, questioned yesterday by Regeneration & Renewal at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, gave short shrift to the business secretary’s comments. He said bluntly: "That is simply not true."

Locate in Kent records positive perceptions

Locate in Kent's 2010 Perception Study reveals that seven out of ten respondents rated Kent a "good" or "very good" business location.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents knew of Locate in Kent and 84% were very or fairly favourable in their opinion of the agency.

New £2.5m crossing given go-ahead by council

Work to improve traffic flow on a major Rochester road will get underway next month after being rubber-stamped by council chiefs. (Sourced from Kent News.)
The £2.5 million "open vista" project will see Corporation Street completely revamped, allowing better access between historic Rochester and the new riverside development site.
Bus stops, cycle paths and pedestrian crossings will also be improved.

Visit Kent welcomes PM David Cameron’s tourism pledge

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive of Visit Kent, has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s endorsement of the key role tourism will play in driving forward economic recovery. (Sourced from Only Kent.)
Speaking in London, Mr Cameron stressed the importance of tourism to the economy stating that it is the third highest export earner with a huge domestic market – supporting 200,000 businesses contributing £115 billion to the British economy and employing nearly ten per cent of the workforce.

No 1 Smithery opens at Chatham Historic Dockyard

A new museum that gives a boss "goosebumps" is set to boost revenue and visitors at Chatham Historic Dockyard. (Sourced from Kent Online.)
No 1 Smithery, a joint venture between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, houses some 4,000 ship models and marine paintings that have been hidden away for years.

Medway Park: Olympic legacy in action

Bob Dimond, Medway’s 2012 manager, has described Medway Park as a great example of Olympic legacy in action.
Speaking exclusively to Medway1 Magazine, he said: "People that may never have walked through these doors before might come here now and get enthused."

Environmental boost for Medway

The opening of the new Holborough Marshes nature reserve in Snodland back in May is helping Medway’s ambition to become a green urban destination.
The site is owned by Lafarge Cement and managed by Kent Wildlife Trust, and has received funding from Valley of Visions Landscape Partnership Scheme, Lafarge, Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England.

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